Audi has decided the 2017 edition of the Detroit Auto Show is the perfect venue for taking the wraps off the high-performance version of the second generation compact SUV.
The all-new 2018 Audi SQ5 has decided to come to the party with a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that actually has the same amount of horsepower as the previous installment, but because of the supercharger for turbo swap it now has more torque. In line with the new generation installment, the SQ5 gets a plethora of hardware and styling upgrades such as new front bumper with larger vents and there’s also a platinum gray finish bestowed on the singleframe front grille to set itself apart from the rest of the family. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 has been swapped for a new turbocharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 delivering 354 horsepower (260 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) – sent to the Quattro AWD system using an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. The power is an exact match for what the new S4 and S5 models have on offer.
But the new SQ5 comes with an additional 23 lb-ft (31 Nm) of torque and for the first time uses a sport adaptive air suspension that makes the model sit 30 mm (1.1 inches) lower. It comes when you order the optional S sport package that also incorporates a rear differential capable of splitting torque between the wheels. There’s also a dynamic steering system – which relates to the Audi drive select and its comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes, if you have the standard suspension – while the sporty version also gains allroad and lift/offroad modes.
Performance credentials include a sprint to 60 mph (96 kph) in 5.1 seconds and an electronically capped maximum speed of 155 mph (250 kph). The figures are exact matches of the predecessor, and the owners can also bask in a plethora of technologies and features: Bang & Olufsen sound system, 4G LTE connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as a SQ5-exclusive sport display mode for the all-digital instrument Audi Virtual Cockpit.